Arianespace’s mission with the Intelsat 20 and HYLAS 2 telecommunications satellites is on pace for liftoff tomorrow evening, following its Ariane 5’s rollout to the ELA-3 launch zone today at the Spaceport in French Guiana.
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Ariane Flight VA209 – Arianespace’s fifth heavy-lift Ariane 5 for launch in 2012 has completed its initial build-up at the Spaceport in French Guiana, marking a new milestone in preparations for a September mission to orbit the Astra 2F and GSAT-10 satellites.
Soyuz Flight VS03 – The Fregat upper stage for Arianespace’s third Soyuz mission from French Guiana is now undergoing pre-launch verifications in preparation for a flight in the second half of 2012 that will carry another two spacecraft for Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation constellation.
Ariane Flight VA208 – Final payload integration has begun for Arianespace’s heavy-lift Ariane 5 mission set for August 2 from the Spaceport in French Guiana, with its HYLAS 2 satellite passenger now integrated onto the launch vehicle.
Both satellite passengers for Arianespace’s upcoming heavy-lift Ariane 5 mission are being readied for the August 2 mission from French Guiana, undergoing key steps of their final preparations in the Spaceport’s S5 payload processing facility.
The two satellite passengers for Arianespace’s next heavy-lift Ariane 5 mission are now undergoing final preparations at the Spaceport, while launcher components for the following flight have arrived in French Guiana – keeping up the pace to meet requirements of the company’s international customer base.